Tony Allen (hamstring) was ruled out shortly before tip, despite getting a prescription from Juicy J. Jeff Green took his spot in the starting lineup.
Things started off well enough, with Z-Bo cooking up 9 of the Grizzlies first 12 points (including a three) as the Grizz built a 13-point first quarter lead. But - and stop me if you've heard this one before - the Dubs erased the deficit with four Steph Curry threes and took a 26-25 lead into the second quarter.
The Grizzlies bench did well to hang within single digits throughout the second, until Curry and Thompson returned and sparked a 16-2 run. The Warriors were 9-17 from the arc in the first half and dominated the pace of play. Paint scoring continued to trouble Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, neither of whom was very effective on returning before halftime, yet somehow Memphis trailed only 49-41 at the break.
This summarizes the third quarter better than I can...
The Grizzlies offense came completely unhitched in the second half, and the Warriors feasted on it, going up by as many as 24. With their backs broken, Memphis stopped hustling for loose balls, getting back in transition, and keeping eyes on Klay and Steph, who finished with a combined 39 points. The lone bright spot - and it was a pretty dim one - was Marc Gasol, who efforted his way out of a 3-11 shooting start with an 8-point run in the third and continued engagement in the fourth. Despite, you know, the building going up in flames around him.
Jordan Adams was sighted with 4:30 to go in the game, and that was all she wrote. (Steph Curry checked back in shortly after, with GSW leading by 21. OK, Steve Kerr.)
(Courtesy of @jgstiegl)
Keith will be by tomorrow to analyze the wreckage, but basically, we saw Golden State at full strength tonight: 14 made threes, lightening fast pace, and lockdown defense. (Good news? My Grizz in 7 pick is still alive.)